Earlier today, the University of Winnipeg released a statement that read, in part:
“A much-loved meeting place at The University of Winnipeg – Tony’s Canteen – has re-opened to serve Collegiate and UWinnipeg students, a decade after it closed its doors.
Tony’s was a central hub of life for decades at United College and the Collegiate, a place where teachers met with their students and each other and held small seminars around the tables. Whenever there were late-night events or students studying for exams, Tony Kozyra kept the canteen open. Despite Tony’s passing in 1965, the canteen remained a fixture on campus until 2007.
Today it re-opened inside the new Leatherdale Hall, with several key supporters on hand for the first breakfast order. UWinnipeg Foundation board members Dr. Jim MacDonald and Dr. Jim Richardson led the successful fundraising campaign to ensure the canteen was brought back to life.
Randy Luba, who has worked at Diversity since 2012, was carefully selected to staff the canteen.
“We all know the story of Tony and so it was important to get the right person for this position,” says Ian Vickers, Diversity’s chief operating officer. “Randy is just one of those guys who cares. He will take good care of patrons.”
These kinds of hang-outs are the places where some of the best university memories are created, so this is fantastic news.
Congratulations to all of those who had a hand in the resurrection.
Read the full story HERE.